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16 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Have to Try This Fall

16 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Have to Try This Fall

Fall is officially here! When fall hits, at least here in New England, it seems you can’t turn your head without seeing Pumpkin Spice {insert the name of any food or beverage here}. Pumpkin spice lattes, muffins, cookies, pancakes, if you name the food, someone has already “Pumpkin Spiced” it. Unfortunately, most of those pumpkin spice options have no real pumpkin in them! Plus, they’re loaded with excess processed sugars and refined oils. Luckily, today we have 16 Dietitian Approved Pumpkin recipes that will satisfy your fall cravings. Click on the links below to find the full recipes.

12 Healthy Packable Lunch Snacks for Back to School

If you walk into a grocery store anytime between July 21st and September 5th you’ll see two major themes: Labor Day and Back to School (and yes, maybe even Halloween!). Most stores will promote easy-to-pack lunchbox snacks like chips, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks. But you don’t have to succumb to the likely unhealthy, pre-packaged options. There are plenty of delicious snacks you can create in your own kitchen, and they’re easy enough to make that even the kids can help. Pack them in a lunchbox or enjoy them as an after-school snack, here are 12 healthy snacks for Back to School.

1. Salted Chocolate Brownie Bite from Nourish Breathe Thrive 
2. Coconut Date Balls from Nutrition by Nazima 
3. Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Byte Sized Nutrition 
4. Banana Split Bites from Nutritionist Reviews

What snack are you most likely to put in your lunch box? Let us know in the comments below!

12 Nutritiously Delicious Make-Ahead Plant Powered Meals

12 Nutritiously Delicious Make-Ahead Plant Powered Meals

As a dietitian, I’m always working to get my clients (and my friends and family!) to eat more vegetables. Many don’t realize the recommended daily serving size for fruits and vegetables is 10 servings per day. I know, double digits! It sounds like a lot, and it is, especially if you’re not a natural veggie-lover. But here’s what a serving really looks like:

Spicy Watermelon Salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

If you’ve been following us here at The Family Hub for a while, you might know that we’re a little tyrannical when it comes to hydration. Water is the essential medium for all of your metabolic processes, and without it, your organs and cells fail to run efficiently. While having fun in the summer sun is great for your mental health, the extra heat causes you to lose water more rapidly through sweat, sometimes faster than you might be able to replace it! That’s why we recommend hydrating at every opportunity, not only by drinking water, but by eating hydrating foods.

12 Hydrating Smoothies You Have to Try This Summer

12 Hydrating Smoothies You Have to Try This Summer

If you read our previous post on hydration, you know that smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated (and cool!) in the summer months. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, they are also a great way to squeeze in a few extra servings of fruits and veggies. Check out our favorite dietitian-created smoothie recipes and their unique health benefits below!

12 Healthy Dinners with Less Than 10 Ingredients

12 Healthy Dinners with Less Than 10 Ingredients

There’s nothing that frustrates me more than a recipe with hundreds of unfamiliar ingredients. Cooking a healthy dinner shouldn’t have to be time consuming, confusing, or tedious. With a little planning, you can whip up a healthy dinner in no time with minimal ingredients and clean up. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up 12 delicious, dietitian approved dinner recipes that have less than 10 ingredients. Check them out below.

12 Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make in Under 10 Minutes

12 Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make in Under 10 Minutes

The old saying is true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you choose to have your first meal at 6AM or 11AM, the first meal you ingest, and how you ingest it, sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you’re rushing out the door with a granola bar and a cup of coffee (and getting crumbs everywhere as you eat it on the way to work) how do you foresee that morning panning out? You’ll likely feel frazzled, unfocused, and ultimately less productive. But imagine taking just 10 extra minutes to prepare a delicious bowl of oatmeal or a sweet and creamy fruit smoothie? You’ll rev up your metabolism, your energy levels, and your focus so you’re off to a healthy and happy start to your day. Check out our 12 dietitian approved breakfasts you can make in under 10 minutes.

Cinco De Mayo - DIY Taco Bar

Cinco De Mayo - DIY Taco Bar

Nothing says festive and fun like a DIY (Do it Yourself) Taco Bar. It’s a great way to get your kiddos excited about veggies and helping out in the kitchen. Not to mention it’s super easy to do. Once you try it, it’s likely to become a weekly dinner tradition for your family to look forward to! Something as simple as a taco bar can plant a seed for a healthier mealtime routine.

Make Your Own Granola Bars

Make Your Own Granola Bars

On the surface granola bars look like a healthy snack. Loaded with oats and other brown crunchy ingredients, there’s no way these can’t be the perfect packaged snack, right? For a long time, that’s what I thought! In a rush? Grab a granola bar. Need a quick snack? Grab a granola bar! Want a healthy dessert? Hello, granola bar! It wasn’t until I was in college that I decided to take a closer look. Granola bars, while seemingly healthy, are actually candy bars in a crunchy disguise. They are usually loaded with sugar and filled with processed ingredients.

Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If you’ve ever had a hearty bowl of broccoli cheddar soup, you might know what makes it so tasty is the cup-fulls of heavy cream and cheese that go into it. Unfortunately, these ingredients are also calorically dense (meaning they contain a lot of calories per bite) but not very nutrient dense (meaning they contain very few nutrients per bite).